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Cape Dutch Soetkoekie House

Cape Dutch Soetkoekie House

Recipe by: Alice Toich

Serves: 6

Cooking: 15min

Preparation: 20 min

 

Vanilla Soetkoekie dough:

2 cups of butter softened

2 cups castor sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract

½ tsp vanilla powder

1/3 tsp nutmeg

2 eggs

4 tsp baking powder

6 cups cake flour

 

Royal icing:

¾ cup warm water

5 tbsp meringue or egg white powder

1tsp cream of tartar

1kg icing sugar

 

Method for the dough:

Preheat the oven to 180C. Line 2/3 large rectangular baking tray with parchment paper. Beat butter and sugar in an electric beater. Beat in eggs, vanilla, nutmeg till combined.In a separate bowl sift baking powder with flour and add to butter mixture slowly and a little at a time.The dough will become stiff, if it is  too stiff for mixer turn dough out onto surface and with wet hands continue to incorporate the remaining flour by hand.Do not chill dough, divide it into smaller batched and roll out on flouored surface to 5 mm.Cut out templates of each side of the house with a small sharp smooth bladed knife.Place cut shapes on parchment on trays and bake for 8-12 minutes until edges are golden.Remove from the oven, place templates over cookie again and re-define edges or shape if they have warped. Royal  Allow cookies to cool.Royal icing:In a bowl whisk meringue powder and water. Add cream of tartar and whisk.Transfer to electric mixer and beat in icing sugar with paddle attachment for 10 minutes. Add coloring or flavoring.Cover icing with a damp towel to prevent drying out.

 

To decorate:

Ice sides of the house with royal icing or assemble and then ice afterwards. In a shallow pan heat up sugar until caramel stage. dip sides of the house in thin amounts of caramel and stick together on presentation board.Create gable details with royal icing. Stick white choc sweet on top of each gable edge.

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